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Everybody’s Kampf

I wrote this post earlier on my phone. Tap, tap tap, and poof I destroyed somehow.

Breaking from tradition as I periodically do. I am gong to write about a topic that I consider only a effeminate or mentally/egotistically/emotionally weak man would write about. That is the topic of relationships.

What prompted me to discuss this topic is the torturous marriage of my family member. The Abu Gharib slash Guantanomo slash Black Site slash Siberian Work camp of a marriage my nuclear family member is enduring. I will call him Jean.

Jean is a optimistic, gentle, hippy, dreamer  similar to a  1970s American dad minus the drugs and long hair. He has worked hard to allow his wife to be able to stay home an not have had to work for the past 15 years. She is more of a medieval Shakespearean shrew. So they are living in two different eras. She feels entitled to be a kept woman, while simultaneously not keeping home. Jean has to not only work in the outside world but he has to come home and execute the domestic projects also. Her logic is that her contribution of producing children entitles her to a lifetime retirement that started at 20 years old.

I have been observing their relation-shit for the past 15 years and have been aware of her destruction of property, her physical attacks, her violent outbursts and her misappropriation and waste of finances. Jean is prideful so I have to obtain my information by-proxy through third parties. She has even made verbal attacks towards my person unprovoked.

Now, the added tragedy is that I, with first hand and second hand experience of that relationship have entered into a similar one. One where I a giving, giving, giving and she is demanding, taking, taking and taking some more. In addition to that eating, expanding and aging. Now after that last line I probably lost 80% of female reader’s attention but I will continue. I am no Ronaldo or George Clooney but what I have lost(minimally) in aesthetics I have compensated for in increased net worth and a more affable demeanor. As its doubly hindering to be abrasive and hard on the eyes. I will add that I believe myself deserving of my lot, as I have been a pig, playboy and womanizer in past relationships. So it may be karma.

My lady conversely suffers also from my lack of emotion, my reluctance to conform to her whims and my nagging about financial discipline. My constant advice is interpreted as negative criticism and “judging.” From her perspective I do not provide her with sexual experimentation aka I am “not a freak” enough for her. Before I forget I am also cheap. I am certain she could explain it in a better fashion and of course I am biased towards my own perspective. So you may have to stretch and embellish on my list of flaws.

Jean and I have the same father, and he used to always say to us “You have to sleep in your bed the way you spread it.” A very defeated and depressing if not profound statement. He(Dad) himself felt he was deserving of punishment for his breaking hearts during his youth and not living up to his academic potential, wasting career opportunities but instead choosing to be a hippy during  the 1970s. My mother could list his many transgressions. She was the ambitious career person in their relationship.

To think of it now that I am writing these things down, I recall that my other brother has a abusive girlfriend. I don’t have time to get into his  plight but he probably deserves it the most. Hes a real pariah to the world. If you asked his girlfriend she could relay a long list of his transgressions.

I know of no relationship that has any similarity to that of the 1950s American family. The delusion of the ideal relationship or family is unrealistic. It may be a goal to reach towards but without a lot of therapy, forgiveness, respect and discipline-wait. Forget all those things. The ideal family is a myth. The ideal person, which is a component of a family is a myth. Organic beings are inherently imperfect. Not even diamond are perfect. The bigger picture from the outside, standing at a distance, if the light hits it just right, may seem perfect. Under further inspection there are cracks, dirt, voids and weak points.

The wife, the husband, the cat, the dog, the fish, the hampster, the bird, and the bacteria are all facing a struggle to coexist with the other life forms in the environment. Each with their individual perspective which they feel legitimizes their case that they are suffering and their interest deserves the highest priority. Then there are sad weak enablers that are masochist who love to endure punishment. From the least celled life form all the way up to a whale. From a self immolating monk to Adolf Hitler has their struggle.

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People make the word go round.

We have done it to ourselves, as usual. In the attempt to plug small holes we have created one big hole somewhere else. I am referring to automated services that have saved companies on labor, therefore lowering overhead and increasing profits. TEMPORARILY. The increase is temporary because, when you eliminate jobs with automation you eventually and permanently eliminated a group of customers. Not only for your individual company’s goods/services but other’s goods/services.

This is potentially why the recovery was a jobless recovery. Stocks were moved around, markets and currencies manipulated, people were fired, wages/benefits were cut, and web-sites and automatic check-in/check-out machines were introduced. A large segment of the especially unskilled population became unemployed. Unskilled workers, who were WILLING to work are now have to use unemployment and other publicly funded methods of staying ALIVE. Creating a burden on local and federal governments.

So that’s a double whammy. No spending, plus leaning on the state. These people were WILLING TO WORK, but in our selfish and eventually collective shortsightedness we have screwed ourselves in the long term. We forgot Stylistics’ song “People make the word go round.”

I propose what the nut in the cabin in the woods proposed. Destroy these computers and job-killing automated systems. This will take people off state and federal doles and pump money back into the economy. FDR didn’t just give out money, he did public works projects. He put people to work. We just give out money and people become complacent. NO. Americans need to regain the culture of earning a living. Also while were smashing computers lets get rid of these reality shows full of wealthy people who are living off inheritances or non-working wealthy. That’s a terrible example. I dont expect government to do it alone that would be too hands-on. We the people have to hold public entities public and private to task. We come back to the fact that, “People make the world go round”.

Come on get happy!

I remember in High School, we were taught that during the depression, there was a lot of movie going. People indulged in as much entertainment as they could to escape their reality. I see the same thing happening now.

We have constant entertainment, via cell phones, laptops, tablets, television(sports,gossip,reality tv,etc), radio, music players, and some books, newspapers, drugs and interacting with animals(humans included). Take that thought wherever it leads and it leads to the fact we are trying to escape reality.

I have seen the same reflected in myself. Aside from the economic recession, there is Dec 12, 2012, mass shootings, terror threats(domestic and foreign), rumors of war….. Always some bad news rearing its ugly head. Between sleeping and working overtime for NO pay, I don’t find the time to listen to the bad news. I just indulge in as much entertainment as I can get.

I Have not looked at the markets in about a month, resulting in less posts on the blog, and I frankly don’t miss loosing money in that abyss. I was though tempted to buy Office Ma stock OMX but the back to school season peak is mid August and I had the epiphany in late August…too late.

Anywhoo, here it goes; YOLO

Downtime

In my last post, no, the one before that. I stated I’m getting out of playing with stocks. So far I have been able to stay clean for the past month. Trading is akin to gambling addiction.

In other news I saw a blurb of an article online stating that the old convention of having traders on the floor of one of the exchanges will be going away. I am surprised it didn’t go away sooner. The internet and technology has killed another set of jobs and we financed it. Soon enough with the development of what will be the next best thing to artificial intelligence we will all be out of a job. I stopped using automatic checkouts 2 years ago. If you replace low skill, low wage jobs with machines, what will the HS drop-outs have to do except lean on the system. Is that what we want? To replace people with machines, put them on public assistance and leave the burden of generating the money to a few? Smart people are stupid.

Reading an FT article today it appears the economy is not growing as much as it should be. People are not consuming as much as expected. Its in my opinion that the country is collectively emotionally depressed. In my opinion somewhat depressed people go out and buy food, drink, drugs or electronics to feel better. The severely depressed don’t leave their homes, they don’t go on dates, wash their cars, have dinner out, buy electronic gadgets,condoms, penicillin…. they don’t spend(if they have an income). The doom of the economic crisis, war, revolution, job security, government spying, erosion of civil liberties, celebrity deaths, everyday life and just plain bad news has sucked the mojo out of the people. We need some goos news, we need to get the peoples mojo going. YEAH BABY!! Unless this happens were going to see more angry depressed losers doing acts of violence to themselves and others. Get the low wage jobs back. Smash some of these computers. Give ore positive economic forecasts, and if you have nothing good to say shut up. Stop grabbing nuts at the airport so people can take trips and come here for vacation. Lets have some fun music like BeachBoys or bring back Disco. Get rid of sucky movies like Twilight, more movies like Airplane and Spaceballs. Cut out online dating and bring the hermits out of their houses and back into the economy. No more hermits, no more hermits, no more hermits……..

I’m Cashing out

There is a annoying song. The singer keeps repeating the phrase “I’m cashing out”

I am somewhat following in his footsteps. After loosing 20% of my value investing in oil “I’m cashing out” The whole market seems to be going down the drain. I though that we were at the bottom but that was just a plateau. I wanted to ride out the storm but I am seeking a faster turnover than is needed to recover. To recover I would have to wait until the next election.

Barclay’s LIBOR scandal is still manifesting itself. The mainstream media has not yet taken to it, but when they do that’s when there will be shock to the market…..I’m on the phone typing so I’m not coherent…..Anyways, I am saying that to say this, GET OUT!!

The house wins when good men fail to act

It’s an understatement but I am timid to enter the market considering the last few months have been a race to the bottom.
Recent events an knowledge prompt me to sink myself deeper in. TECUA is Tecumseh who makes air conditioner compressors. This week there is a heat wave expected and speculators appear to have known this since last week Friday June 15th. I neglected to mention that I have lost about 15% of my holdings of TECUA in the previous 3 weeks, but a heat wave suggests to me I will recover. If it lasts I may more than break even. I am definitely a gambling addict.
In other news a conservative government has been elected in Greece today. Greece should get its own reality show. Anyways NBG the National Bank of Greece had about a 90% jump between 6/14/2012 and 6/15/2012 in anticipation of election outcomes. On 6/13 it was about $1.19 at end of day 6/15 it was $1.89. I wanted to get out of my chair and kick myself, but thats how the cookie crumbles. It’s like you have a rare encounter with a lady where you meet as strangers have a great exciting conversation and then leave without getting her phone number. While were talking, I actually got that amazing woman’s number but I still blew it, now shes married with kids and I’m still kicking myself. Now I’m confuse…..oh yes! NBG and TECUH should be scooped up on Monday, if anything is left. Dump NBG on Wednesday and TECUH you can follow the following chart to determine the peak:http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/heat_index_MAX.shtml.

Somebody is going to make a load of money, but you have to be in it to win it. Get in the game. Alas, it is better to have loved and lost that have lost money.

Very superstitious Part 2

Didn’t I tell you? If you read my post entitled “Very Superstitious” you would understand what happened in the markets today. I knew that if I spoke of oil rebounding, it would then fall. I should have kept my mouth shut, but I risked it for your entertainment.

Not 24 hours after I stated that the tensions with Iran would raise oil prices, a Iranian Navy ship helps an American commercial vessel to escape pirates. Now that public sentiment might turn(highly unlikely with the warmongering media) oil has fallen, after about 2 straight days of gain. When I say oil, I mean oil related etfs that I trade.

Watching BBC world news yesterday it appears Hugo Chaves is back in good health so the potential of him being ousted by the other guy is somewhat diminished. So there is still some fear out there, and enough to keep prices up there. Like I said previously Venezuela provides 11% of our oil. If the western leaning new guy in Venezuela even looks like he has a chance, oil companies will be licking their chops while investors loose their shirts with the new gained access to the reserves bringing prices down.

Looking at history we see that there is always war, because its profitable. In a world where the market has expanded to the point where there is nowhere to go, and all the money is less valuable, and EU nations shirk their agreements(Greece I’m talking about you), you have to start over. One way to start over is to just have a big war. Start from scratch, and that is how you make money. By building. so you spend money to destroy so you can make money on the rebuilding. The stock market is essentially a microcosm of the world, the universe even. Nothing goes to waste, things only change concentration.

Geeeet Ouuut

Did you ever see the episode of the Simpsons where the house dislikes the family so much it starts to say “geeet ouuut”. This is a spin off of the movie Amityville Horror. Correction, thats a spin off of the current market.
I am going to eat my own words, and advise you to get out. I lost a good hunk of change but is better than loosing it all. The fear-mongers were off on the timing but not on the concept. If you still want to stay in the game I suggest investing in Asia. Some growth can still be had there as the majority of the population lives in poverty but the government has a good amount of capital. Also Africa has a growing demand for goods and room to expand. All of a sudden we are interested in the human rights of the people of Africa because we realize if they are starving we can make private profit on farm goods through governmental food relief but we can also bring up the standard of living and sell luxuries. The money is made in the growth segment. Japan which is experiencing stagnation in almost every facet is not profitable. Focus on the BRIC nations but I would add Africa to that and take out Russia, and India. Basically stay as far away from Europe as possible.
There are a large number of Chinese stocks under $2 dollars that can make a good return. The small rebound in the market today depicted that some money can be made, but not in Europe or America. Unfortunately I did not have any Chinese stock in my possession, but after selling at a loss I expect to rebound by acquiring some Chinese stocks. I have yet to find an African stock, but I will find it, and there I will also find profit.
Its the basic premise that what goes up must come down. We have reached a pinnacle of sorts on the level of Japan. All the roads are done, all the sewers, all the water, how many municipal busy-work jobs can the nation afford. Also how can businesses afford to pay/keep people at living wages, when buying a $30k every few years is considered just getting by. In developing nations, there is greater profit margin and thats the bottom line.
I’m a patriot. When I make a profit investing in China, I will spend it locally. Its a little more complicated but I wanted to end on a positive note.

Drinking the Kool-Aid

You may be surprised but I would like you to know that I actually have a conscience, morals even.
If you have been alive the past few days(no offence to the life impaired) you have been hearing about a shooting of a young man in Florida by another man. This occurrence has been bigger in my opinion than the Oscars, the Emmys, and the Superbowl. Don’t hold me to that proclamation until I produce some screenshots from Google Trends.
Since the republican political campaigns have began a lot of extra fear mongering has been swirling around the collective American conscience. Expectedly gun sales have multiplied their shares exponentially. If I was a gambling man, and I am I would have taken…maybe 80% of my life savings and bought gun related shares. I would have made pay-dirt. Unfortunately for me, I have this little ringing in my ear, I hears its called conscience. I don’t think dead people are sexy no matter what Ozzie or Marylyn say. Can’t seen to stop the ringing in my ear.
Anyways let me get back to my portfolio of advertising, financials and home builders(Chinese). Last week the whole thing fell apart. I lost approximately 7% of my portfolio’s value during the course of last week. Thanks to my Chinese home builder stocks, this week that was cut down to approximately 5%. It is said freedom requires constant vigilance but I say profit requires constant portfolio surveillance. There was a 4 hour window today where one of my stock IOT rose by about 20 cents, then fell about 30. Fortunately, I cashed out within that window on both Chinese homebuilder stocks. My domestic advertising company stocks didn’t do so well so I will hold until the Spring shopping season begins, so probably within the next 2 weeks. Advertising is a constant in business, matter of fact it is the driving force behind the internet aside from pornography. I am down 5% but I have confidence advertising will follow its sinosodial/seasonal behavior.
Now for some dangerous indulgence, I still want to acquire Fuel Cell Energy and Truvia stocks. I’m into technology but most conventional tech stocks. I explained the two companies in my last post. Trust me its tre-cool.
Before I go. I saw an article on Bloomberg today stating that construction shrunk. This is a perfect opportunity to buy construction/home improvement stock. The summer will be here and the government has just allowed the banks to rent all those foreclosed properties. Before you can rent a property it must satisfy certain safety conditions….. you see where I’m going here.
Still make sure to do your research. All the stocks I acquired last week were at the lowest of what I hope to be a seasonal inflection point. All less than $2, with the best performing being closes to $1.
That’s it for now.

Doom and gloom

What does the word gloom mean anyways. Sounds like fun to me. Gloom sounds like glow or glee. Anyways The stock market went bunji jumping this week. I didn’t buy on Monday as the’re was no good news. I didn’t buy on Tuesday because that wasn’t any better. I bought on Wednesday and by evening I was doing well. On Thursday I was kicking myself. Now today, Friday I am still kicking myself. I decided to buy on Wednesday while the two financial heads of the whole country were in a rare occasion together testifying before congress, causing everyone to run for them there hills. I failed to keep up to date on current events. If I knew those two were going to be speaking I would have waited until Thursday or even next week.

Other than Heckle and Jekyl speaking before Congress, the writers at Bloomberg used their influence to cloud men’s minds. One hour they said the housing market is down. Then the housing market eh, not so bad. Then its terrible. Then is great. I couldn’t make heads or tails of it. Bloomberg has to do better as one of the favored sources for financial news.

At the end of the day, I have no one to blame. I should have known Geitner and Bernanke would be speaking. I stepped out of my energy comfort zone this week and played with: CHLN, IOT, PEIX, ROIAK, VVTV. A mix of advertising, energy and housing(in China). Next week if things turn around I have a strong interest in GLGL and FCEL. The former is a producer of a natural sweetener that diabetics can use, the latter a Connecticut maker of fuel cells that run on gas(tre cool).

There is still some lucrative news. Israel has determined they can strike Iran without much blowback. I paid $4.05 for gas yesterday so I will probably revisit my domestic oil drilling companies WRES, GBR and PSTR. With sanctions getting tighter and the dogs of war rabidly foaming at the mouth, domestic fuel producers will get a lot of interest. See you at the crap table.